The Fulham Supporters' Trust sent a full delegation to the Supporters' Direct AGM/Annual Conference held in London over the weekend.

The conference saw the launch of a special report into the social and community value of football, which underlines the importance of our national game to people up and down the country. The complete report can be downloaded here.

Trust delegates attended several workshops that provided more information on many of the issues facing football clubs and supporters' groups today, including football finance and supporter relations. The conference also heard Trusts based up and down the country and at clubs at levels of the football pyramid as well as giving an invaluable opportunity to hear about the strengths of the German football model from the Bundesliga chief executive officer Christian Seifert.


FSF Southern Division AGM

The Fulham Supporters' Trust sent a delegation to today's Football Supporters' Federation AGM held in Westminster.

The meeting heard reports from representatives of the FSF's afiliated members in the southern region, which gave an opportunity for supporters to discuss common problems currently occuring in the game, and was also updated on the progress made on a range of issues by the FSF's national delegates.

The Fulham Supporters' Trust gave an update on the issues affecting Fulham supporters and took part in discussions on stewarding, the governance of the game and indicated a willigness to send representatives to the forthcoming Fans' Parliament, scheduled for July at Wembley Stadium.

Trust members may be interested in heading to the FSF's website for more information on the work done by the organisation.


Former Trust chair elected as MP

Members might interested to know that the former chair of the Fulham Supporters' Trust Tom Greatrex has been elected as the new Member of Parliament for Rutherglen and Hamilton West.

Tom, standing as the Labour & Co-Operative Party candidate, polled 28,566 votes, finishing comfortably ahead of the second-placed Scottish National Party.

The Trust would like to wish Tom every success in his new post.


Good sports governance

The Trust were fortunate enough to be invited to attend today's Good Governence in Sport conference hosted by the Birkbeck Sports Business Centre at the University of London.

The conference launched a report entitled Good Governance in Sport: A Survey of the UK National Governing Bodies of Sport and heard from engaging speakers such as Andrea Traverso (the head of club licensing at UEFA) and Christian Mueller (the chief financial officer of the German Football League). With all the financial problems and governance issues hanging over the English game at the moment, the report is particularly timely and an impressive set of speakers gave an insight into how these issues could be resolved in the future.


'Are football fans discriminated against?'

Several Trust members attended an interesting discussion at Brick Lane organised by the FSF last night.

Two accounts of the evening are well worth reading. The first is by Observer columnist and civil liberties campaigner Henry Porter, who was part of the panel. The other is a blog by Trust member Rachel Collins who recounts some of her experiences of watching football.

The Trust were disappointed that the panel failed to answer a question posed by Trust committee member Jon Hall about the success of safe standing in the Bundesliga.